Throwback: Happy 99th Birthday, Marshall Allen!

May is a very busy month in music history:

Sun Ra Arkestra‘s Marshall Allen celebrates his 99th — 99th, y’all! — birthday today. Allen has been a member of the Sun Ra Arkestra since the 50s, recording exclusively with the band from 1958 until Sun Ra’s death in 1993. Since Sun Ra’s death, Allen has been leading the intergalactic jazz outfit while periodically recording as a sideman and leader of various side projects.

So let’s wish the legend a very happy birthday! And may there many, many, many more!